Chael Sonnen's Manager: It doesn't matter what Ed Soares thinksPosted on October 17, 2011, 12:30 PM by Joey Santosus
"It makes no sense at all. Chael is as deserving as anybody for that next title shot. I mean he pushed him as far as anybody has ever pushed him, it was one of the best fights of the year, but the biggest thing is this is the fight the fans want. The bottom line is it doesn’t matter what I think and it doesn’t matter what Ed thinks. It matters what Dana (White) thinks. Ed’s not the matchmaker, I’m not the matchmaker, you’re not the matchmaker. Joe Silva and Dana White make the matches."
"I don’t think Anderson’s scared of Chael at all. I mean Anderson may be the greatest fighter of all time. Do I think he wants to fight Chael? There’s probably other people he’d rather fight at this point in his career. Chael poses some problems that a lot of these other guys don’t, and we’ll see." - For more from Sonnen's Manager, Mike Roberts, visit MMAWeekly.com
Following his dominant submission victory over Brian Stann, top Middleweight contender Chael Sonnen made his presence felt at UFC 136 when he issued a "loser leaves town" challenge to the division Champion, Anderson Silva, who sat cageside looking on. In the time since, UFC President Dana White has all but confirmed the bout, admitting that he would be "pretty f------ stupid" not to book the highly anticipated rematch. Opposed to the fight, however, is Anderson Silva's manager, Ed Soares, who recently blasted Sonnen for his legal troubles and use of testosterone, insisting that the Team Quest fighter should "take a number and get in line."
Now speaking out in response to Soares' comments is Sonnen's manager, Mike Roberts of MMA Incorporated, who shared his own sentiments on the matter. Unlike Soares, Roberts feels that there is currently no contender more deserving of the title shot than his client, and though he does not believe that Silva is scared, he says that Sonnen is likely far from the champ's first choice of opponents. But, what do you think LowKick'ers? Is "The Spider" hoping to avoid a second clash with the "Gangster from Oregon" or has the champ's true feelings on the matter been lost in translation?
Photo: Chael Sonnen at the UFC 104 Weigh-Ins in Los Angeles, California on October 23, 2009. Francis Specker